Mudbloods: The Movie is a documentary about the imaginary game of Quidditch and the people who transformed it into a real-life sport. Filmakers are currently trying to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter to fund post-production. Director Farzad Nikbakht Sangari says Mudbloods will follow the UCLA Quidditch team on their journey to the 5th Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City in 2011.

Quidditch is an extremely rough competitive sport in the Harry Potter universe, played by witches and wizards riding flying broomsticks. Clearly not being able to obtain flying broomsticks or obtain a magical golden snitch has not dampened the spirit of Quidditch enthusiasts. The first real-life, or let’s call it “Muggle” Quidditch game was played on October 9th 2005 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and now there are teams on more than 300 college campuses and the sport is played internationally. And in place of a magical snitch they use a person!

The International Quidditch Association explains the rules of Muggle Quidditch.

Three chasers play with a ball called the quaffle and score goals worth 10 points each by shooting or dunking the ball through any one of three hoops at the other end of the pitch. They advance the quaffle down the field by running with it, passing it to teammates, or kicking it. Each team has a keeper who defends the goal hoops. Two beaters use dodgeballs called bludgers to disrupt the flow of the game by “knocking out” other players. Any player hit by a bludger is out of play until they touch their own hoops. Each team also has a seeker who tries to catch the snitch. The snitch is a ball attached to the waistband of the snitch runner, a neutral athlete in a yellow uniform who uses any means to avoid capture. The snitch is worth 30 points and its capture ends the game. If the score is tied after the snitch catch, the game proceeds into overtime.

Watch the Kickstarter Campaign Video

Producers haven’t explained why they have named the documentary “Mudbloods“, although I am assuming it’s a play on “Muggles” playing a “magical” sport, in the Harry Potter universe the term is offensive and xenophobic slang for someone born of non-magical, or Muggle, parents. I’m not overly-fond if it.

“I think this sport has huge potential to change the world.” says Alex Penepe, IQA Commissioner.

You can donate to the project here, from $15 you get a digital download of the movie and for $25 a copy of the DVD. The campaign runs until the 12th of November 2013.

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Mudbloods - The Movie

    Hi, Olga and Nerdalicious!

    Thank you kindly for your words of support for our film and Kickstarter campaign. You raise a very interesting point re: the title of our film and we wanted to take a moment to discuss its origins.

    Over the course of shooting our film, we discovered that one of our main characters – UCLA team captain Tom Marks – was jokingly called a “mudblood” by his brother because he started the non-magical sport of quidditch at his school. However, rather than shy away from the originally negative meaning of the word, MUDBLOODS came to represent real-life quidditch players in a unique and appropriate way.

    The re-appropriation of the word distinguished a group of fearless, resilient individuals with the audacity and imagination necessary to take a fictional game from a book series and make it real.

    Thanks again for this wonderful write-up and glad that it can inspire conversation like this. We’re really honored and thrilled.

    – The ‘Mudbloods’ Team

    • Olga

      Thanks for reading and commenting guys! It seems like you’re channelling Hermione Granger there.
      Good luck with the campaign, we’re looking forward to seeing the documentary.